Christopher Grimes is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Pia Fries. The artist will present a series of unique paintings of seascapes, also on paper. In this body of work, roiling seas and capsizing ships taken from the engravings of renowned Italian artist of the Baroque period, Stefano della Bella, act as the ground over which Fries applies bristling, vibrant color. The gestures of della Bella’s engravings are echoed in Fries’ energetic application of paint while the white, negative spaces proffer respite from the storm.
Pia Fries lives and works in Dusseldorf and Berlin, Germany. She is an MA student of Gerhard Richter, having attended his painting classes at the Kunstakademie Dusserldorf from 1980 to 1986. Fries has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunstplattform AKKU, Emmenbrücke, Lucerne, Switzerland (2015), Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany (2011); and Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (2007), among others. Her work has been included in the group exhibitions, Ortswechsel: Works from the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany (2016); Drama Queens Die inszenierte Sammlung, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (2016); freshly painted, Brother Klaus Museum, Sachseln (2014); Yes, No, Maybe, Artists Working at Crown Point Press, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2013); The Doubled Image, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland (2013); Landscape Confection, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2005); Beau Monde, SITE Santa Fe Biennial curated by Dave Hickey (2001); and Venice Biennale (1999). Fries’ work is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, NY; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; and Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland, among others.